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War Dept Film Bulletin 184: Psychiatric Procedures In The Combat Area

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War Dept Film Bulletin 184: Psychiatric Procedures In The Combat Area


Published 1944


Disturbing WWII PTSD film. Graphic.
Description from National Archives: "Reel 1 stresses the emotional strain of combat, showing battle scenes. Psychoneurotics await evacuation; a psychiatrist interviews a soldier; and men exercise at a rehabilitation center.
Reel 2, combat fatigue cases are reconditioned by battle training. A psychiatrist interviews a Corporal suffering from reactive depression. A chronic anxiety case is interviewed and then sent to a clearing station. Men await further psychiatric interviews.
Reel 3, the corporal is re-interviewed; he shows improvement and is encouraged. Men engage in sports and listen to records at the center.
Reel 4, an injection trances a hysterical amnesia patient. A doctor recreates the battle situation that caused the amnesia. The patient answers incoherently but begins to remember the repressed events.
Reel 5, on awaking, the patient is led to repeat his recollections. Another hysteria patient tries to talk but cannot. A disturbed pseudopsychotic, imagining himself on the battlefield, grovels on the floor to protect himself from shells. Recovered patients assemble at a neural-psychiatric clearing station."
National Archives Identifier: 24564
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Run time 45 minutes 59 seconds
Producer United States. War Department
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
Language English

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